Michael Phelps Becomes Most-Decorated Olympic Athlete Ever


July 31, 2012

Michael Phelps Becomes Most-Decorated Olympic Athlete EverMichael Phelps has received the most medals of any Olympic athlete ever to participate in the games.

The swimmer finished second in the men's 200-meter butterfly on Tuesday. Phelps was edged at the wall by South Africa's Chad le Clos

Le Clos finished with a time of 1 minute, 52.96 seconds. Phelps swam the distance in 1 minute, 53.01 seconds. Although it wasn't gold, the silver medal was Phelps' record-tying 18th Olympics medal.

Later in the day, Phelps — as part of the men's 4×200 relay team — won gold, his 15th gold medal and 19th medal overall, passing Russian gymnast Larissa Latynina as the athlete to receive the most medals throughout a career at the Olympic Games.

It's a historic day for Phelps and all Olympians, and a mark that's not likely to soon be matched.

Photo via Facebook/MichaelPhelps

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